Balsamic Baltic Porter Steak & Onion Pie

Acid Freaks Steak PieRaise the roof! BrewCult have brought back their first GABS beer from 2013; a beer that completely stumped me in how much I enjoyed it. It’s a Balsamic Baltic Porter and goes by the name Acid Freaks. Balsamic, yep, that’s not a typo, it’s a beer with vinegar in it.

Even if you’re not a huge balsamic vinegar fan, I recommend giving this one a burl. I did and am now a convert to this oddity of a concoction and to the wondrous world of balsamic. And, after having Acids Freaks again on tap during the recent Brewsvegas festival in Brisbane, inspiration hit. Continue reading

2016: The year of potentially better blogging than 2015

After I’d almost determined that the blog would be no more, WordPress took my money and accepted my ueber late payment for another year’s subscription. I mostly just paid the money so I could get access to the Hong Shao Rou recipe after having scoured the internet for a similar one and coming up empty. Completely worth the investment.

In any event, I’m endeavouring to post at Continue reading

Dark Chocolate and Redskin Cheesecake

PashRashRedskinCheesecakeIf there was ever a beer made specifically, especially, just for me, it might just be Ogden Nash’s Pash Rash Imperial Redskins Stout by Moon Dog. I’m a bit of dark beer fiend and raspberry in beer, or anything for that matter, gets an immediate check in the box.

The beer has a distinct Redskin aroma that powers ahead of the usual roasty, chocolate aromas stouts are known for. This is in contrast to its flavour profile where the (thousands of) Redskin lollies only brush Continue reading

Cinnamon Tea Cake paired with a Peach Wheat Beer

aerialctcbwMy aunt and uncle invited me to their place last weekend to partake in a lovo – haunches of meat and whole root vege cooked in the ground over heated rocks. Knowing they had the main meal more than covered I wondered what to bring to repay the favour and make up for the oodles of leftovers I knew I’d be carting home. Usually we’ll sit and have a cuppa while we wait for the food to cook – which is generally about 2 hours depending on what you’ve thrown in. Looking in my cookbook, which would more aptly be described as a mish-mash of recipes collected and becoming increasingly more unorganised over the years, I came across an old favourite – Cinnamon Tea Cake. ‘Done!’, I Continue reading

Slow Cooker Belgian Wheat Beer Coq au Vin

Coq au VinDespite the south-east (of Queensland) having defrosted last week, I’ve had the slow-cooker out for a stint, rehashing old recipes and trying some new ones. In the process I’ve been reminded of how simple yet how effective low and slow cooking can be. Throw everything together in the morning, head off to work, and be welcomed home to the aroma of your awaiting meal as it simmers away with you barely having to lift a finger. Not to mention it being a cost effective method for feeding the masses, using cheaper cuts that tenderise during the cooking process through the gradual breakdown of those gelatinous pockets of goodness.

I tried my hand at Coq au Vin for the first time, using chicken thighs, and substituting the usual dry white wine for a Belgian-style Continue reading

Brown Ale Braised Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

brown ale lamb shankWinter is coming. And that means two things: there are plenty of excuses for cracking into Imperial stouts and other dense, dark varieties; and it’s time to bust out the slow cooker for some warm and hearty fare to match.

With Mother’s Day this weekend past, it was time to treat mum to some melt-in-your-mouth slow-cooked goodness and, as an aside, continue in my attempt to convert my father away from his macro-lager ways by introducing Continue reading

F1 China: Hong Shao Rou with Nut Brown Ale

Closeup red braised pork brown aleI’m playing catch-up with my F1 pairing posts at the moment. I knew it was ambitious when taking it on and the last couple of weeks, post-Brewsvegas, I haven’t committed enough time to the blog as I would have liked. Nevertheless, I’m cracking on and determined to complete a post for each race, however late.

With the Chinese GP held in Shanghai last weekend, I embarked on making Continue reading